Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Italian: Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto) is a 1970 Italian film crime drama directed by Elio Petri. It is a dramatic, psychological, black-humoured satire on corruption in high office, telling the story of a top police officer who kills his lover and then tests whether the police would accuse him for this. During the movie, he is seen planting obvious clues while the other police officers ignore them, either intentionally or not.

The film was highly regarded in its own time, winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and both the FIPRESCI Prize and the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Also it won as Best Foreign Language Film at the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards 1971. Today the film stands well, thanks to its intelligent composition.

Volonté performed one of his most celebrated roles as the idiosyncratic, nervous police inspector, portraying a clichéd authoritarian southern Italian police functionary.

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